Ten things to know about Hokaku Shochu:
Honkaku Shochu and Awamori
WHAT TheY ARE ?
Honkaku Shochu is Japan’s traditional spirit, produced from different botanical varieties, traditionally grown in Kyushu and elsewhere in the archipelago.
The STORY !
Most likely, the distillation technique arrived in Japan from Southeast Asia, where still today Arak is made from sugar cane.
The difference between sake and Shochu !
First of all, sake is fermented, Shochu is distilled. In other words, if we just consider the production process, Honkaku Shochu is to sake what brandy is to wine.